Valdez High School Musicians Receive Top Honors at State Solo and Ensemble

Seventeen band and choir students from Valdez High School attended the ASAA State Solo and Ensemble Music Festival and all returned with at least one superior rating.  Students from 56 high schools from across Alaska participated in the showcase of vocal and instrumental performances at the UAA Campus last weekend.

In order to attend the event, students must qualify at a regional event which Valdez attended, the Aurora Music Festival,  at Grace Christian High School a month ago. Fifteen Valdez events moved on to State competition.

Solos and ensembles are adjudicated and critiqued by professional musicians and those that are deemed excellent in preparation, musicianship, and presentation in every way are given a “Superior” rating.  The following students received superiors:

Jared Bowden, piano solo, “Polonaise in A major” by Chopin

Isaiah Silveira, tenor solo, “Who Is Sylvia” by Schubert, accompanied by Bonnie Thiel

Chase Randall, baritone solo, “Evermore” by Alan Menken, accompanied by Bonnie Thiel

Ariana Alvarez Morales, Lexie Henderson, and Jillian Fleming, “One Voice” by Ruth Moody and accompanied by Mason Loftinon guitar

Jillian Fleming, “I’ve Got You Under My Skin,” accompanied by Jared Bowden, Isaiah Silveira and Mason Loftin

VHS Choir, “I Believe” by Mark A. Miller: Savannah Jones, Hope Evans, Rowan Miller, Ariana Alvarez, Lexie Henderson, Caitlin Mond, Jillian Fleming, Sara Bauman, Chloe Miller, Veronica Tudela, Alexander Britton, Chase Randall, and Isaiah Silveira

VHS Jazz Band, “Brouhaha” by Les Sabina: Grace Keller, Chloe Miller, Rowan Miller, Sam Norris, Mason Loftin, Jared Bowden, Alexander Britton, Chase Randall, Isaiah Silveira

Schools who attend with ten or more students, 1A through 4A enrollment, were eligible for entry into the Academic Award competition, as well.  Valdez High School received the award at a Command Performance Concert at East High Auditorium on Friday night. The Valdez students received the award for an average GPA of 3.828.